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  • Man charged in drive-by shooting

    A verbal altercation between a motorist and three individuals on foot  led to a drive-by shooting late Monday night.

    No one was injured in the incident, which played out just after 11 p.m. on the 900 block of Prince Street. A Las Vegas police officer responding to a shots- fired call pulled over the suspect, who, according to court documents, later admitted to firing two shots into the air.

  • NMSU to help with lottery scholarships

    LAS CRUCES — Officials at New Mexico State University are bracing for changes that may come next spring as uncertainties remain about how much tuition lottery scholarships will cover.

    NMSU announced this week that it is prepared to cover up to 60 percent of spring tuition if state lawmakers fail to fund a shortfall when the legislative session begins in January.

    Bernadette Montoya, NMSU’s vice president for student affairs and enrollment, said the university wanted to ensure the uncertainty wouldn’t be a barrier to enrollment next semester.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 20, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Nov. 13 — About 10 passengers of the southbound Santa Fe Chief this morning were bumped and bruised when the train came to an abrupt halt south of Blanchard, about 25 miles from Las Vegas. The cause of the rough stop has not been determined. None of the injured passengers were hurt seriously enough to leave the train. As a precaution, an ambulance and a doctor were sent to the scene from Las Vegas.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 20, 2013

    Mora County hosting townhall Thursday
    Mora County is holding a townhall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mora Independent School District’s board room. Commission Chairman John Olivas said the meeting is being held to discuss the county’s community rights ordinance and the lawsuit recently filed against the county over that ordinance.

  • Weather - Nov. 20, 2013

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming east after midnight.

    Thursday
    A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 30 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

    Friday

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 20, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Food banks brace for more demand
    SANTA FE — With food stamp reductions set to kick in this month, New Mexico’s food banks and other organizations are bracing for even more requests over the holiday season.
    Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, total $5 billion nationally. Federal officials say through next September, the cuts will mean a loss of $47 million in money for food going to 442,000 New Mexicans.

  • Cop nabs speeding bus driver

    A West Las Vegas school bus driver was cited earlier this month for speeding and reckless driving while taking students home.

    It’s been a rough month for that bus driver, John Lujan, who lost his El Llano Road home to a fire on Nov. 1.

    The speeding and reckless driving citations were issued Nov. 7, although the citation was filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court just last week.

    “That’s a warning for other bus drivers,” said San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil. “They need to slow down because of the kids.”

  • Schools get break on grad rules

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State education officials have agreed to let school districts develop their own high school graduation requirements, at least for the current school year.

    The decision follows complaints that New Mexico’s changes might prevent thousands of students from graduating.

    The Public Education Department announced the decision to allow districts to tweak state rules at a Legislative committee hearing Thursday.

  • Here’s to you - Brewing company gets new digs

    During the summer months, people could enjoy a cup of brew from Las Vegas’ own New Mexico Craft Brewing Company at the Train Robbers’ ball games. Now, the beer fountains filled with New Mexico Craft Brewing Company’s award-winning brews are pouring at The Old Town Drafthouse.

  • FEMA outlines help available

    Representatives from FEMA and the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management were in Las Vegas Friday meeting with local government officials and other public entities and non-profit organizations that suffered damage from the Sept. 13 floods.

    San Miguel and Mora Counties are among 15 New Mexico counties included in a federal disaster declaration signed by President Barack Obama on Oct. 29. The declaration frees up federal funding to help pay for flooding and storm damage that occurred Sept. 9-22.